Athena Athanasiou is Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Studies at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece, where she is head of the department.  She holds a Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research (Fulbright Fellowship), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University (2001-2002). Her research interests include feminist and queer theory, biopolitics, corporealities, affect, anti-nationalism, and memory. Her new book, Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black, was just published by Edinburgh University Press (2017). She has co-authored, with Judith Butler, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity Press, 2013). She is also the author of Life at the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (Athens, 2007) and Crisis as a State of Exception: Critiques and Resistances (Athens, 2012). She has also edited the collective volumes: Feminist Theory and Cultural Critique (Athens, 2006); Rewriting Difference: Luce Irigaray and ‘the Greeks’ (co-edited with Elena Tzelepis, SUNY Press, 2010); Biosocialities (Athens, 2011); Deconstructing the Empire: Theory and Politics of Postcolonial Studies (Athens, 2016). She has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

Manuela Bojadžijev is Professor at the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organization at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a member of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University, Berlin. She specializes in migration and racism in Europe, and in cultural theory. Her major publications include a monograph on theories of racism and the history of migrants’ practices of resistance (Die windige Internationale, 2008) and co-edited volumes on: the transformation of the EU migration regime in South East Europe (Turbulente Ränder: Neue Perspektiven auf Migration an den Grenzen Europas, 2007); critical accounts of Europeanization (Europa dezentrieren: Beiträge zu einer reflexiven Anthropologie globaler Verflechtungen, forthcoming); labour, migration and logistics (Logistische Grenzlandschaften, forthcoming); as well as a handbook on theories of racism in Germany (forthcoming).

Petar Bojanić studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he received his D.E.A. for a work on “La figure de la paix chez Levinas et Kant” (supervised by Jacques Derrida) in 1997. In 2003, he received his Doctorat de 3e cycle from the University of Paris X (Nanterre) for his dissertation “La guerre (dernière) et l’institution de la philosophie” (Dissertation committee: Étienne Balibar, Gérard Bensussan, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy). Bojanić is the director of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) at the University of Belgrade, where he has been a fellow since 2005. He has also served as a lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade since 2004. Bojanić directs the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) in Belgrade, and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS) at the University of Rijeka. He has held numerous fellowships and visiting professorships, including at the Society for Humanities at Cornell University, the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen, the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Bonn.

Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. She was the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies (1995-2005). In 1989, Braidotti established the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scientific director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies ATHENA, which in 2010 was awarded the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Commission for outstanding contribution to social inclusion. A world figure in gender and critical theory, Braidotti also works in the fields of Continental philosophy, epistemology and post-structuralist thought. Her books include Patterns of Dissonance (Polity Press, 1991), Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 1994; 2011), Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Polity Press, 2002); Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics (Polity Press, 2006) and The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013).

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Founding Director of the Program in Critical Theory. She is the author of Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (1987); Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990); Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993); The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (1997); Excitable Speech (1997); Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000); Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Undoing Gender (2004); Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak, 2008); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009); Is Critique Secular? (co-written with Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, and Saba Mahmood, 2009); and Sois Mon Corps (with Catherine Malabou, 2011). Her most recent books include: Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012); Dispossessions: The Performative in the Political (with Athena Athanasiou, 2013); Senses of the Subject (2015); and Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015). Butler is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew W. Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-13). With Penelope Deutscher, she of co-directs the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs.

Gisela Catanzaro is Researcher at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), a research institute for accomplished scholars in Argentina, and Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani in Buenos Aires. She has multiple appointments at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in the School of Political Science, the School of Sociology, and the doctoral program in social sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is the co-author of Las aventuras del marxismo occidental (with Ezequiel Ipar, Gorla 2003) and co-editor, with Leonor Arfuch, of Pretérito imperfecto: Lecturas críticas del acontecer (Prometeo 2008). Her book La nación entre naturaleza e historia: Sobre los modos de la crítica (Colección Sociológica, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011) received first mention for the National Sociological Essay Prize. Her research spans and links the fields of sociology and political theory, and she connects the tradition of the Frankfurt School to the critical practice of essay writing in Argentina.

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences and Director of the Ph.D. program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Among the main topics of her research are: social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing. She has directed a major ERC project, “Mobilizing for Democracy,” on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. She is Honorary Doctor of the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest and Goteborg. She is the author of 85 books, 130 journal articles and 127 contributions in edited volumes. Among her very recent publications are: Late Neoliberalism and its Discontents (Palgrave, 2017); Movement Parties in Times of Austerity (Polity Press, 2017); Where did the Revolution go? (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Social Movements in Times of Austerity (Polity Press, 2015); Methodological practices in social movement research (Oxford University Press, 2014); Spreading Protest (with Alice Mattoni, ECPR Press, 2014,); Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe (with Joan Font and Yves Sintomer, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); Mobilizing for Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014); Can Democracy be Saved? (Polity Press, 2013); Clandestine Political Violence (with D. Snow, B. Klandermans and D. McAdam, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013); Blackwell Encyclopedia on Social and Political Movements (Blackwell, 2013); Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann, Oxford University Press, 2012); Meeting Democracy (ed. with D. Rucht, Cambridge University Press, 2012); The Hidden Order of Corruption (with A. Vannucci, Ashgate, 2012). 

Debjani Ganguly is Professor of English and Director of the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia. She works in the fields of world literature, postcolonial studies, and South Asian Studies. Her research interests include the contemporary Anglophone novel, literary forms in the age of new media, literature and human rights, caste and dalit studies, language worlds in colonial/postcolonial South Asia, and Indian Ocean literary worlds from 1750-1950. She is the author of This Thing Called the World: The Contemporary Novel as Global Form (2016) and Caste, Colonialism and Countermodernity (2005), and the coeditor of Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual (2007) and Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality: Global Perspectives (2007). She has contributed essays to two recent Cambridge University Press volumes, The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel, edited by Ato Quayson (2015) and The Values of Literary Studies, edited by Ronan Macdonald (2015). She co-edits, with Ato Quayson and Neil Ten Kortenaar, the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and is the General Editor of the newly commissioned The Cambridge History of World Literature. She is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and Member on the International Advisory Boards of the Harvard Institute for World Literature, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), Duke University, and the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory.

Stefano Harney teaches at Singapore Management University in Singapore.  He is co-author with Fred Moten of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013) and most recently with Moten of “Use and Usufruct” in Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (eds.) Futures of Black Radicalism (Verso, 2017) and “Indent: To Serve the Debt” in Johanna Burton et al. (eds.) Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT, 2016).  He curated the show “Shipping and the Shipped” at the Bergen Assembly triennial in 2016 as part of the freethought collective.  With Tonika Sealy Thompson he runs the residency and study project Ground Provisions.

Wang Hui is Changjiang Scholar Professor in the Department of Chinese Literature and the Department of History at Tsinghua University and Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1988. His research interests include Chinese intellectual history, modern Chinese literature and social/political theory. His recent publications include China’s Twentieth Century (Verso, 2016), Reversal (Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2015; in Chinese), The Short Twentieth Century: The Chinese Revolution and the Logic of Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015; in Chinese), China from Empire to Nation-State (two volumes) (Harvard University Press, 2014), and The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity (Verso, 2011). He was previously a Pusey Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) in 2010, and a HYI Research Associate from 1992-93. In 2013, he was the co-winner of the Luca Pacioli Prize.

Premesh Lalu is Director of the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) and Deputy Dean for Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Prior to assuming the directorship of the CHR in 2008, he served since 1995 as lecturer, senior lecturer and associate professor in the Department of History at UWC. He has lectured internationally and locally in South Africa on a broad range of themes, including histories of colonialism and apartheid, art and history, the digitization of archives, and the humanities after apartheid. Following his doctoral studies as a MacArthur Fellow in African History at the University of Minnesota, Lalu developed a substantial engagement with the scholarship of the Subaltern Studies Collective in South Asia. He is the author of The Deaths of Hintsa: Post-Apartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts (HSRC Press, 2009). Lalu has also published a co-edited volume titled Becoming UWC: Reflections, Pathways and Unmaking Apartheid’s Legacy (2011) and contributed to a volume called Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive (2012), which accompanied a CHR exhibition by the same name.          

Raffaele Laudani is Director of the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Human Cultures at the Università di Bologna, where he teaches the history of political thought and Atlantic studies. Laudani has published several volumes and essays on the Frankfurt School, globalization, disobedience, and African-American abolitionism. He is the editor of the Italian edition of Herbert Marcuse’s uncollected papers. At the moment, he is studying the Atlantic dimension of modern political thought. He has participated in and organized several international meetings and seminars and participated in numerous collective national research projects. He created and edits the book series “Marcusiana” (Manifestolibri) and is member of the editorial boards of the journals Filosofia politica and Storicamente.  Since 2006, he is the director of the Bologna International Committee for the Cartography and Analysis of the Contemporary World and of its website, He is a contributor to several cultural and political newspapers, including Le Monde diplomatique and il manifesto. Among his recent works are Politica come movimento: Il pensiero di Herbert Marcuse (Il Mulino, 2005); Disobedience in Western Political Thought: A Genealogy (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Secret Reports on Nazi Germany: The Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort (Princeton University Press, 2013); and Il movimento della politica: Teorie critiche e potere destituente (Il Mulino, 2016).

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of many books, including On the Postcolony (2001), Politiques de l’inimitie (2016) and Critique of Black Reason (2017). His work has been translated in many languages. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.

Nivedita Menon is Professor in the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory in the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is a noted feminist, author, translator, and activist. She has written acclaimed books, including Seeing like a Feminist (Penguin India and Zubaan Books, 2012) and Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (Permanent Black and University of Illinois Press, 2004). She is co-author, with Aditya Nigam, of Power and Contestation: India Since 1989 (University of Chicago Press, 2007). She is one of the founders of the collective independent leftwing blog Kafila, now in its tenth year, and writes regularly in as well as in mainstream media, on contemporary issues. Menon has been involved in a wide range of political and social movements.

Sandro Mezzadra is Associate Professor of Political Theory at Università di Bologna and is adjunct fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society of Western Sydney University. In the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be Visiting Professor at The New School for Social Research, New York City. He has published widely on the areas of migration, postcolonial theory, contemporary capitalism, Italian operaismo  and autonomist Marxism. He is an active participant in “post-workerist” debates and one of the founders of the website Euronomade ( He is the author of several books, among them – with Brett Neilson – Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor  (Duke University Press, 2013). Mezzadra and Neilson just completed a new book, The Politics of Operations. Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (forthcoming, Duke University Press). Sandro Mezzadra has worked on several FP7 European research projects (including ATACD, GEMIC, and MIG@NET) and is currently a partner researcher on the ARC Discovery project “Logistics as Global Governance: Labour, Software and Infrastructure along the New Silk Road” (

 Rita Monticelli is Associate Professor at the Università di Bologna where she teaches English literature, gender and cultural studies, theories and history of culture in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her research interests include memory and trauma studies, the global novel, utopia, and dystopia. She is currently working on cultural memory and trauma in contemporary dystopian fiction and visual culture. She is a member of the international European research networks and M.A. and Ph.D. programs EDGES, GEMMA, and GRACE, centered on gender studies and cultures of equality. Monticelli also directs the Centre for Utopian Studies at the Università di Bologna.

 Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies and Director of WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, and co-editor of many books including Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis and Load Shedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa. For a period of seven years Sarah taught the Fall semester at Yale and then Duke Universities, in English and African and African American Studies. For four years she has directed WiSER, the largest and most established interdisciplinary Humanities Institute across the Global South. In 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

 Juan Obarrio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Founding Director of the Program on the Global South at the University of San Martin, in Buenos Aires. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. His areas of expertise are critical theory and political anthropology, with a special focus on postcolonial studies and Southern Theory. In addition to his research in South America and Southern Africa, he has worked on program building fostering South-South academic collaborations across regions and languages. He has received fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton; MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies. His essays have been published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. He is the author of The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Corps Etranger (Belin Editions, Paris, 2014); A Matter of Time: A Secret State of Things in Northern Mozambique (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Legados, genealogias y memorias postcoloniales (Ediciones Godot, 2015) and African Futures: Essays in Crisis, Emergence, Possibility (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Andrew Parker is Professor of French and Chair of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother, which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida. He is the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor, and editor or co-editor of five essay collections, including Performativity and Performance (with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory (with Janet Halley).  In progress is a bilingual, collaborative, digital version of Julio Cortázar’s iconic novel Rayuela/Hopscotch.

Tiziana Terranova is Associate Professor in Cultural and Media Studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, where she is also a member of the Centro di Studi Postcoloniali e di Genere and founder/member of the Technoculture Research Unit. From April to June 2017, she is a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Northwestern University. Terranova has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and has participated in a number of international research projects. She is the author of two books, Corpi nella rete (Costa e Nolan, 1996) and Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age (Pluto Press, 2004), which appeared in Italian as Cultura Network: Per una micropolitica dell’informazione (Manifesto Libri, 2006). Her book Hypersocial: Network Cultures between the Market and the Common is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. She has published numerous essays for edited collections and peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Theory, Culture and SocietyStudi culturali, New FormationsFibreculture, and Subjectivity. Terranova recently edited a special section of Theory, Culture and Society on “Eurocrisis, Neoliberalism and the Common” and, with Iain Chambers, a special issue of the journal Anglistica on “Inflections of Technoculture: Biodigital Media, Postcolonial Theory and Feminism.”